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NTSB Records of the
Last Words of Drivers in Fatal Crashes-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: The eRumor claims that the
U.S. National Transportation and Safety Board has installed voice
recorders in some 4-wheel drive and recreational vehicles, similar to
the "black boxes" in airliners. The eRumor says that the
last words of drivers in fatal crashes in Southern states were
"Hold my beer, I'm gonna try somethin"
The Truth: We've received questions at
TruthOrFiction.com from people who took this story seriously.
The email is a joke.
It is true that a "black
box" type device is being installed on some cars to collect
performance and accident data, but it does not record audio.
Last updated 12/13/05
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
The National Transportation Safety Board recently divulged they had
"covertly" funded a project with the U.S. automakers for the
past 5 years,
whereby the automakers were installing black-box voice recorders in
drive pickup trucks and SUV's in an effort to determine in fatal
the circumstances in the last 15 seconds before the crash.
They were surprised to find in 38 of the 50 states the recorded last
of drivers in 61.2 percent of fatal crashes were, "Oh Sh** !"
Only the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Oklahoma,
Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana
Texas were different, where 89.3 percent of the final words were:
beer, I'm gonna try somethin."
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